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  Speedfan and ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ motherboard? 
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john albrich Jul 03, 2012, 10:34am EDT Report Abuse
Has anyone used Speedfan on this AM3+ motherboard? If so, what were your findings?

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD

It's not yet on Speedfan's motherboard list. That doesn't mean it has limited functionality, just that no one's reported how well it works yet (e.g. detailed fan controls/thermal profiles).
Note: 7 of the 8 boards on the list to date are Intel motherboards.

Looks like this could be a decent low-cost ($75) AMD ATX motherboard, but it would be nice to know in advance how well it works and the granularity of temperature control, fan control, etc. with Speedfan

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john albrich Jul 05, 2012, 12:47pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Speedfan and ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3 motherboard?
One reason I'm asking is this ixbtlabs article was from 2 years ago, and more recent info on the ASRock/speedfan combination is scarce.

Note that it wasn't just speedfan, but Everest and other monitoring/control software as well have had problems with ASRock boards...and I have zero experience with ASRock boards.
"Unfortunately, SpeedFan, Everest and other third-party monitoring and fan control utilities have certain issues with new ASRock motherboards. Those are related to the use of non-standard fan multipliers and are usually solved in newer versions of third-party utilities."

Latest version of speedfan is 4.46 at this time. Speedfan has been working fine on some Gigabyte AMD 8XX mobos. It really helps quiet the CPU fan. Gigabyte ships a proprietary CPU temp/fan control program called EasyTune6 (ET6) with the mobos. ET6 has a very simplistic CPU thermal profile algorithm. It is super easy for user to setup, but it's an absolute crap implementation. At best possible settings, ET6 was making the CPU fan spin MUCH faster than it had to at given temp setpoints...creating a LOT of noise at temps below 50C. Even MORE annoying, the ET6 fan control algorithms also resulted in the fan RPMs varying by a lot of RPMs for small variations in temperature. The audible result is that the fan sounds like someone sawing wood (bursts of loud high-speed then relatively quiet low-speed then loud high-speed, etc. especially in the range 35C to 50C). Very irritating. However, using the speedfan fan control system I was able to COMPLETELY eliminate that rapidly varying RPM/noise issue while still keeping the CPU well under the maximum temp.



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